Doing a bit of research on Multimedia keyboards in Linux. I have a Microsoft Natural Wireless Multimedia keyboard, and as this guy says they make “excellent peripheral hardware”. He’s got some other interesting comments about Linux hardware, but that’s another story.
Anyway, I constantly get this warning message: “kernel: keyboard: unknown scancode e0 59”, on the console while installing new systems when I’m using this keyboard. Damn annoying. Couple times I’ve broken the keyboard input using random keycodes with setkeycodes, and had to hard reset. Damn stupid. So I decided to get a little smart, and while in the process of installing Debian on my new colo machine to go do some hunting for a quick fire solution.
No luck yet, mostly stuff for KDE, but a list of some interesting sites to conduct further investigation.
* Some comments about Kernel 2.6 and Extended Keyboard Codes. Nothing completely informative.
* The lineak project seems quite interesting for using extra keys in KDE.
* Although I’m not sure exactly how well it compares to the hot keys method.
* This article though has a very useful indepth discussion about unknown keys in kernel 2.6.x.